Some films manage to generate a sense of grandeur on a shoestring budget, whilst others somehow feel like indie flicks no matter how much money is thrown at them. In the case of Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal, there’s a strange mix of both post-viewing impressions.
Colossal is one part indie slacker romp, one part Kaijū monster battle: it makes for a distinctive finished product, an easy watch driven by an overriding sense of curiosity as to where it’s all headed. Although in the end the viewer may leave feeling like they’ve watched two films superimposed a little too arbitrarily. The story concerns Gloria (Anne Hathaway), an unemployed writer who has to quit New York and move back to her hometown when boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) grows tired of her burgeoning alcoholism. Upon return, she reconnects with old school friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and even finds work at his bar – keeping up her prodigious drinking habit thanks to late-night lock-ins with Oscar and his colourful regulars. Things take a strange turn, however, when Anne discovers that a giant Godzilla-like monster ravaging Seoul is somehow connected to her personal movements and behaviour.